One of our most widely anticipated picture books of the fall is a collaboration by two children’s book superstars. I’ve heard nothing but bookseller raves for his unexpected twist on the tale of a boy and his imaginary friend
“In this smart collaboration, Colfer and Jeffers introduce Fred, a seasoned imaginary friend. Fred knows the drill: he keeps lonely children company until a human friend appears, then clears out (“Usually by lunchtime on the second day, Fred would be mostly invisible”). Jeffers’s spidery vignettes are perfectly synced to Colfer’s bubbly, confiding narrative, and he underscores Fred’s evanescent nature by giving him a body of half-tone aqua dots that deepen and fade. Secretly, Fred pines for a forever friend….Colfer and Jeffers show that shuffling allegiances can sometimes multiply the fun.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Imaginary Fred (9780062379559) by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers. $18.99 hardcover. $9/29/15.